A native of Somerville, New Jersey, Von Stade was born on June 1, 1945. She later became "Flicka" to her family, friends, and fans. After attending Mannes College of Music in New York City, Von Stade started her musical career by debuting in 1970 with the Metropolitan Opera. Since then, Von Stade has continued to impress people with her versatility and her abilities as a singing actress.
A mezzo-soprano, Von Stade sings operas, has appeared on PBS specials, performed for Kennedy Center Honors, and spotlighted the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Von Stade is a respected recital artist who can perform works from Mozart to Broadway show tunes. Composers have written works for her specifically to sing, and sing she does, having made over 70 recordings. France awarded her with its most prestigious honor in the world of the arts, and President Ronald Reagan gave her an honor at the White House for her contribution to the arts.
This award-winning singer explores a variety of vocal experiences, appearing in new productions, in concerts, and in recitals throughout the year. A resident of Alameda, California, Von Stade also supports the arts in schools by giving performances.
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